This blog is dedicated to exploring the proposition that:
What the Bahá'ís do believe is that we have three aspects to our humanness, so to speak, a body, a mind and an immortal identity – soul or spirit. We believe the mind forms a link between the soul and the body, and the two interact with each other. [Shoghi Effendi, Arohanui, p. 89]
Independent investigation of reality is a cardinal Bahá'í principle, as explained by 'Abdu'l-Bahá:
God has given man the eye of investigation by which he may see and recognize truth. He has endowed man with ears that he may hear the message of reality and conferred upon him the gift of reason by which he may discover things for himself. This is his endowment and equipment for the investigation of reality. Man is not intended to see through the eyes of another, hear through another’s ears nor comprehend with another’s brain. Each human creature has individual endowment, power and responsibility in the creative plan of God. Therefore depend upon your own reason and judgment and adhere to the outcome of your own investigation; otherwise you will be utterly submerged in the sea of ignorance and deprived of all the bounties of God. Turn to God, supplicate humbly at His threshold, seeking assistance and confirmation, that God may rend asunder the veils that obscure your vision. Then will your eyes be filled with illumination, face to face you will behold the reality of God and your heart become completely purified from the dross of ignorance, reflecting the glories and bounties of the Kingdom. [Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 76]
This blog will, I hope, be an expression (however limited) of one person's search for the reality of our humanness.
Because I am a Bahá'í, the search for truth will draw primarily on the Bahá'í sacred texts and commentary. But it will also draw on the texts of other faiths, philosophy, and scientific studies. (Bahá'u'lláh teaches that all the great faiths come from the same Divine source and that science and religion are complementary and equally valid knowledge systems.)
A note on language and gender
Equality of women and men is another foundational Bahá'í principle. So the use in the Bahá'í texts of masculine pronouns to refer to God and in a generic way to humans should not be taken as evidence of gender bias.